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Pizza stone kits tested

Villaware Pizza stone set

When it comes to baking pizzas at home, a baking stone is crucial for getting a great crust. The stone draws moisture out of the pizza dough as the crust bakes, preventing steam from getting trapped beneath the crust and causing your pizza to get soggy (or, at least, not entirely crisp). Even top-quality baking pans don’t give you the same effect, so it’s worth ... Read More »

Mjölkchoklad, reviewed

mjolkchoklad

The imported foods section of Ikea is always fun to browse through. Lingonberry, herring (ok, not my favorite, but still interesting) and princess cake. There is also a ton of chocolate, including one of my favorite imported candies, Daim. Most of the chocolates are Marabou brand, but on my most recent trip I noticed that Ikea had a home brand of chocolate. As much as ... Read More »

Frey Supreme Cinnamon & Blood Orange Chocolate, reviewed

Cinnamon & Blood Orange white chocolate

 Swiss chocolate maker Frey is known for some of their creative flavor combinations and overall great-tasting chocolate. I’ve always had good luck with the bars I’ve tried in the past, including the unusual Citron & Poivre (Lemon & Pepper). One of my favorites is actually the White Blueberry Chocolate, which is creamy (but not too sweet)_ white chocolate packed with blueberries. Encouraged by my previous success with ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Peppermint Marshmallows, reviewed

tj's mint mallows

 I love marshmallow creme and fluffy, fresh jet-puffed marshmallows in both jumbo and mini sizes, but I am incredibly picky about “gourmet” marshmallows. Does that make me a marshmallow snob, or just a connoisseur? These high-priced marshmallows have been becoming more and more common over the past couple of holiday seasons and are now appearing in more places and flavors than ever before. Picky though I ... Read More »

Are pricey cupcake mixes worth it?

cake mixes

As you might expect, I’m much more likely to advocate baking a batch of homemade cupcakes from scratch instead of using a boxed mix. The term “boxed mix” tends to assume that you’re using something that cost about $3 at the grocery store, though, and lately more and more high-end cake and cupcake mixes have been popping up in stores. Martha Stewat has some, Ina ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, reviewed

tj's sea salt caramels

Fans of Trader Joe’s know that this time of year is when the stores roll out their holiday food items. Rather than simple packaging changes (from “regular” to “holiday”), TJ’s always has a big selection of chocolates, biscotti, nuts and other gifty, snackable products on their shelves. The very first items that caught my eye this season were the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. You ... Read More »

Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch, reviewed

Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch

 Store shelves are already full of Christmas decorations and other products, and while I tend to shy away from them this early, I don’t even try to resist taking a look at the seasonal candies, whether the candy companies are releasing limited edition holiday flavors of their products or simply putting them in red/green/blue/white seasonal wrappers. Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch falls into the former category. Like regular Junior ... Read More »

Shortbread Lattes from Starbucks

SBL, shortbread latte

Last week, the Starbucks stores in my neighborhood rolled out their holiday drinks – namely the gingerbread (yum!), peppermint mocha and eggnog lattes. I noticed that several stores had special announcements of another drink: a shortbread latte. The drink wasn’t on the regular menu board, but merely written up on the chalkboard with the rest of the specials. My first thought was that it was a ... Read More »

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